Dengue threat escalates in Dehradun

Tuesday, 30 August 2022 | PNS | Dehradun

Five new patients reported on Monday, the count rises to 27

The menace of dengue is intensifying in the provisional capital of the State, Dehradun. The health department reported five new cases of the disease in the district on Monday. The district now has 27 patients with the disease in this season. The district vector-borne diseases officer of Dehradun, Subhash Joshi said that all these patients of the disease are admitted in different hospitals of the city.  He claimed that the health of all these patients is stable and they are recovering from the disease.   Joshi said that anti-dengue activities are in full swing in the affected and the sensitive areas of the district. He added that the department has undertaken source reduction activity on a large scale in the city. He added that the anti-dengue activities are being done in coordination with Asha workers and Municipal Corporation and fogging is being done in the affected areas.

Joshi said that apart from source reduction exercises the health department has also undertaken an awareness drive in which people are explained the ways to prevent the menace of the vector-borne disease.  

It is pertinent to mention here that Aedes Aezypti, the vector of the disease, strikes during the daytime and breeds in clear water.  The doctor’s advise people to wear full-sleeved clothes to prevent exposure to the mosquito bite and don’t allow water to get collected in their vicinity.

Dengue is a viral infection spread by the mosquito Aedes Aezypti popularly known as Tiger Mosquito.  The symptoms of the disease are persistent high fever, rashes, headache, and pain in the joints.  

In the acute cases, the platelets number decreases drastically which may prove fatal for the patient.  In Uttarakhand, the disease is more prevalent in Dehradun, Haridwar, Nainital, and Udham Singh Nagar districts. 

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